What’s Next?

As much as I hate it, and as much as my ADHD adult mind would love to wander off on yet some other tempting tangent or two, especially during this holiday season of overeating and overcooking and overbaking… We’re still faced with the fact that my husband has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetesContinue reading “What’s Next?”

Books, Books, Books Galore

As far as your friends and family that absolutely can’t put a book down and would much rather be holding a leather bound book than a brand new cell phone or Ipad, here are some great sources for book suggestions as to which book to buy for what person… Blogs can be excellent sources ofContinue reading “Books, Books, Books Galore”

More Gift Ideas—Coffee Makers

 It has been found that coffee has health benefits, such as increased cardiovascular function, a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma, and protection against liver disease…and many people like me simply cannot function without a freshly brewed pot of coffee close at hand.But recently my coffee machine stopped working and had to be replaced. BuyingContinue reading “More Gift Ideas—Coffee Makers”

More Gift Ideas—Organic Food Subscription Boxes

  While we’re on the subject of healthy snacks, I thought that this would be a good time to share this list of twenty food subscription boxes again… 1.  Blue Apron Who:  People who want to experiment with fun and creative recipes, avoid grocery shopping, and adventurous chefs who enjoy trying new ingredients. What:  FreshContinue reading “More Gift Ideas—Organic Food Subscription Boxes”

Creative Gifts for Creative Minds

We all have creative people in our lives—those “avid do-it-yourselfers who love the challenge of changing “cheap:” dollar store and thrift shop finds into brilliant pieces of art—the wanna be Joanna Gaines… So what are non-creative people like me supposed to get a creative idea as to what to get these people when we can’tContinue reading “Creative Gifts for Creative Minds”

How to Help Your Children Experience Christmas All Year Long

Never thought that I would be nearly fifty chasing a three year old 24/7…but life happens… And so many of us are raising, or even adopting, our own grandchildren these days…(so not getting on my soapbox about different generations right now)… But there are several advantages of spending lots and lots of time with yourContinue reading “How to Help Your Children Experience Christmas All Year Long”

Holiday Baking-Gingerbread

Hard to believe that National Gingerbread Day is celebrated in June instead of December, but since today is National Gingerbread Day, I thought that this would be a great day to re-publish this previous post about Torunskie pierniki. Torun, Poland…a medieval city on the banks of the Vistula River, and one of the few citiesContinue reading “Holiday Baking-Gingerbread”

Holiday Baking—Candy

Before the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s making candy was only done at home during the holidays or by professional candy makers in small specialized shops. Candy was very expensive and considered quite a luxury. During and after the Industrial Revolution, candy became affordable and more readily available. Competition became fierce, and large advertisingContinue reading “Holiday Baking—Candy”

Holiday Desserts—Cakes

When I was growing up, my Mom made wedding cakes for almost every wedding in Notth Mississippi…our house constantly smelled like powdered sugar…the whirr of a KitchenAid mixer could be heard constantly…and there were always cake….My Dad and I used to race for the layer of cake that she levelled off the top of theContinue reading “Holiday Desserts—Cakes”

16 Cooking Tips Just in Time for the Ucoming Holiday Baking Season

This time of year brings out the baker in me. The illsbury doughboy and I have an annual affair that ends at the same time that the Christmas tree is taken down. Over our rhitty year relatinoshi, here are a few things that he has taught about baking a cake. Get an oven thermometer…It isContinue reading “16 Cooking Tips Just in Time for the Ucoming Holiday Baking Season”